The City of Newark is located in the southeastern end of the San Francisco Bay and is bordered by the City of Fremont and the bay. The Newark Police Department serves approximately 44,000 residents and a land area of approximately 13 square miles. The police department’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 is $13,974,400 and includes a staff of one Chief, three Commanders, eight Sergeants, 43 Police Officers, and 19 non-sworn (civilian) full-time positions.
There are three divisions within the police department: Administrative Services, Field Operations, and Support Services. Overall supervision of each division is the responsibility of a Commander. The Administrative Services Division is responsible for areas such as Records, Communications, Detectives, Property and Evidence, Internal Affairs, and Personnel and Training. Field Operations includes Patrol, K9, Traffic, Animal Control, and Vehicle Abatement. The Support Services Division oversees the Special Enforcement Team, School Resource Officer, Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force Detectives, Honor Guard, SWAT, Hostage Negotiation, and Emergency Preparedness.
Volunteer groups includes our RAVEN (Ready & Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark) staff who assist in Traffic, Patrol, and Records; Explorers/Cadets who are young people aged 14-24 interested in law enforcement; Graffiti Abatement volunteers who dedicate their time to keep Newark blight-free; and Reserve Police Officers who supplement our sworn staffing levels.
The men and women of the Newark Police Department are committed to providing the highest quality police services to our citizens, business owners, and visitors alike. Working in partnership with our community, we strive to protect the life, property, and liberties of all individuals, be proactive in the deterrence of criminal activity, and enhance the quality of life for our citizens.
The Newark Police Department is a special place to work because of its “small city” atmosphere and the tremendous support we receive from the community, City Council, City Manager, and other city staff. The cohesiveness of our officers, command staff, and line personnel also creates a positive and rewarding working environment.